Nomar Garciaparra
American baseball player
Nomar Garciaparra
Anthony Nomar Garciaparra is a former Major League Baseball player and current ESPN analyst. After playing parts of 9 seasons as an All-Star shortstop for the Boston Red Sox, he played for the Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Chicago Cubs. He is one of 13 players in Major League history to hit two grand slams during a single game, and the only player to achieve the feat at his home stadium.
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10 Things I Hate About the Game I Love
Huffington Post Sports - about 2 years
I have enjoyed a lifelong love affair with baseball. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of collecting baseball cards (with the pink bubble gum), getting autographs of countless players during Spring Training (I still have every one), pouring through the pages of Hy Turkin's old Baseball Encyclopedia and playing simulated baseball board games like APBA for hours on end. Later in life I even co-authored a series of popular baseball books. To echo the words of the immortal Babe Ruth: "Baseball was, is and always will be to me the best game in the world." But as passionate as I am about our national pastime, there are some things that need to be changed. Here then is what I hate most about the game I truly Iove: 1. The Hall Of Fame's 5-Year Waiting Period: Why make a great player like Derek Jeter wait for half a decade before he is eligible for Cooperstown? Are the Lords of Baseball concerned that a player will un-retire after his induction? How cool would that be? Now battin ...
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Nomar Garciaparra joins Dodgers broadcasting crew
LATimes - about 3 years
Plans for the Dodgers’ new regional sports network , SportsNet LA, are still being formulated, but there is progress.
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Your MLB Announcing Schedule for 9/16 - 9/22
Awful Announcing - over 3 years
Monday, September 16 Chicago Cubs @ Milwaukee Brewers (WGNA 8PM) Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies Texas Rangers @ Tampa Bay Rays (MLBN 7PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Braves @ Nationals] Tuesday, September 17 Baltimore Orioles @ Boston Red Sox (MLBN 7PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Rangers @ Rays] Wednesday, September 18 Minnesota Twins @ Chicago White Sox (WGNA 2PM) Ken Harrelson, Steve Stone Texas Rangers @ Tampa Bay Rays (ESPN 7PM) Dave O’Brien, Aaron Boone, Rick Sutcliffe Los Angeles Dodgers @ Arizona Diamondbacks (ESPN 10PM) Karl Ravech, Nomar Garciaparra, Mark Mulder Thursday, September 19 Chicago Cubs @ Milwaukee Brewers (WGNA 2PM) Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies Baltimore Orioles @ Boston Red Sox (MLBN 6PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Rangers @ Rays] Friday, September 20 Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates (MLBN 7PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Orioles @ Rays] Saturday, September 21 San Francisco Giants @ New York Yankees (FOX ...
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Ross Szabo: LA FEST Uses Soccer to Bring Communities Together
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
It may seem unimaginable to witness an event that brings together HIV and AIDS education in Africa, bone marrow transplants, celebrities and soccer for people of all ages. That event took place, however, Sunday at LAFEST at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. LAFEST co-founders and soccer enthusiasts Dylan Leiner and Jeffrey Saunders hosted the event alongside sports-industry power couple Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra and Grassroot Soccer Co-Founder Ethan Zohn to raise money for bone marrow and HIV awareness charities. Zohn has a way of making the impossible become possible. The winner of Survivor Africa and recipient of two successful stem cell transplants for Hodgkins Lymphoma said, "Personally it's a combination of everything that's important in my life. Soccer, entertainment, celebrity and saving lives. Nothing like this has ever happened in Los Angeles. It's a full day of soccer to benefit two charities that mean the world to me. It's literally a dream come true. We ...
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Len Berman: Top 5 Sports Stories
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
Happy Spring everyone, here's my Top 5 for March 20, 2013 from Len Berman at 1. Quick Hits A new meaning to "one and done." The defending NCAA champs Kentucky were knocked out in the first round of the N.I.T. last night by Robert Morris, 59-57. North Carolina A&T and St. Mary's were winners last night in the first two NCAA basketball games. Tonight in Dayton, James Madison plays L.I.U. and Boise State plays La Salle. President Obama picked two #1 seeds, Louisville and Indiana, a # 2 seed, Ohio State and a #3 seed Florida to reach the Final Four. He picks Indiana to win it all. The Dominican Republic won the World Baseball Classic beating Puerto Rico 3-0. Robinson Cano of the Yankees was the MVP. 2. Crime and Punishment When James Madison takes on L.I.U. tonight the Dukes will be without their leading scorer and rebounder for the first 20 minutes. Rayshawn Goins was arrested Sunday for obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct. T ...
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Your MLB announcing schedule for 8/27 - 9/3
Awful Announcing - over 4 years
Monday August 27 Tampa Bay Rays @ Texas Rangers (ESPN 8PM) Sean McDonough, Aaron Boone, Rick Sutcliffe Tuesday August 28 Milwaukee Brewers @ Chicago Cubs (WGNA 8PM) Len Kasper, Bob Brenly Chicago White Sox @ Baltimore Orioles (MLBN 7PM) Local Broadcast  [Alt: Cardinals @ Pirates]   Wednesday August 29 Chicago White Sox @ Baltimore Orioles (WGNA 7PM) Ken Harrelson, Steve Stone St. Louis Cardinals @ Pittsburgh Pirates (ESPN 7PM) Dave O’Brien, Nomar Garciaparra   Thursday August 30 Chicago White Sox @ Baltimore Orioles (WGNA 12:30PM) Ken Harrelson, Steve Stone St. Louis Cardinals @ Washington Nationals (MLBN 7PM) Matt Vasgersian, John Smoltz [Alt: Rays @ Blue Jays]   Friday August 31 Chicago White Sox @ Detroit Tigers (MLBN 7PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Orioles @ Yankees]   Saturday September 1 San Francisco Giants @ Chicago Cubs (WGNA 1PM) Len Kasper, Bob Brenly Philadelphia ...
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Red Sox Legend Dies
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
BOSTON — Adored by generations of Red Sox fans, Johnny Pesky was so much a part of Boston baseball that the right-field foul pole at Fenway Park was named for him. Pesky, who played, managed and served as a broadcaster for the Red Sox in a baseball career that lasted more than 60 years, died Monday. He was 92. "The national pastime has lost one of its greatest ambassadors," baseball commissioner Bud Selig said. "Johnny Pesky, who led a great American life, was an embodiment of loyalty and goodwill for the Boston Red Sox and all of Major League Baseball." Pesky died just more than a week after his final visit to Fenway, on Aug. 5 when Boston beat the Minnesota Twins 6-4. Yet for many in the legion of Red Sox fans, their last image of Pesky will be from the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park on April 20, when the man known for his warmth, kindness and outstanding baseball career was moved to tears at a pregame ceremony. By then the former shortstop was in a whee ...
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Red Sox Extras: The Worst Start In 15 Years
SB Nation- Boston - over 4 years
Last year, when the Red Sox started the season 0-6, and 2-10, Sox fans were treated to statistic after statistic about how few teams recovered from such a gap to reach the playoffs, win the world series, or even achieve a winning record. It seemed like it was every writer's top priority to hammer home the hopelessness of the situation. Of course, it only makes it worse that, after seemingly overcoming every single one of those statistics and establishing themselves at the top of the AL East, the Red Sox went right ahead and blew it all in September. But that's another story altogether. This year, despite a 1-5 start, those numbers never really came up. Perhaps it's because the beat writers are all loathe to repeat themselves just one ear Or maybe it's that, unlike last year, this Red Sox team does not come with any great expectations. It would, after all, be cruel at best to have spent the last 15 years reminding Pirates fans that, based on the first couple months of the ...
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James Harden Wins 2012 NBA Sixth Man Of The Year Award
KNCI 105.1 - almost 5 years
(credit: Glenn James/Getty Images) By: Martin Sumners When James Harden, the 2012 NBA Sixth Man of the Year was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the third overall pick at the 2009 NBA Draft, he could be considered almost clean shaven in comparison to how he appears now, rocking his celebrated buccaneer beard. Although ESPN/ABC lead basketball analyst Jeff Van Gundy half-jokingly suggested the honor was superfluous as selecting a best seventh and eighth man, one could imagine the bearded Harden as the superhero Sixth Man from The Avengers. However, without any further details about an alter-ego, we know that he was born in the Los Angeles community of Bellflower, known more for growing great baseball players like Nomar Garciaparra, Trevor Hoffman, and Jeff Kent. By the summer of 2009, the 6-5, 220 pound product out of Artesia High in nearby Lakewood, California had only played two years at Arizona State, and despite winning player of the year, it was without much ...
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Cinco de Mayo Reminds Fans of Best Athletes to Wear No. 5, Which Include Joe DiMaggio, Nomar Garciaparra (Photos)
NESN - almost 5 years
Some of the top athletes choose to wear a specific number to honor a sports legend. Others just wear a number they believe is lucky. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we've narrowed down the best athletes to wear No. 5 in the professional sports world. Some of the best No. 5s have played under the Boston microscope. Nomar Garciaparra played a stellar shortstop for the Red Sox for parts of nine seasons, and Kevin Garnett has made a name for himself and the Celtics with an NBA title to his credit. Other greats include the 56-game hitting streak holder, Joe DiMaggio, and new Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, who is destined to be ushered into the Hall of Fame whenever his career comes to a close. But who are the top 10 athletes to don the number? Click here to see a list of the Top 10 athletes to wear No. 5 >>
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Quick Game of Catch-Up!
Fan 590 - almost 5 years
Baltimore is having a solid start to the season. When they came to Toronto and took the sweep, it was visible that they are a stronger team than last season. Adam Jones is lighting it up for the Orioles and his performance at the plate so far has been extremely impressive.  As of Wednesday, he is hitting .304 with a .383 OBP and 5 homers. Nolan Reimold who was chirped pretty badly at the Rogers Centre is also having a solid campaign thus far. The left fielder is holding up a pretty great average with .370 and 10 RBI. With a 10-7 record and atop the AL East, Baltimore is off to a successful beginning to the 2012 season. Now we go to the basement team of the American League East. There was a little bit of drama surrounding the Red Sox just last week. Boston Manager Bobby Valentine questioned Kevin Youkilis’ physical and emotional commitment to the team during a TV interview. When Dustin Pedroia heard about this, he stepped in and defended his teammate with a feisty comment in return. ...
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Nostalgic celebration toasts Fenway's 100th birthday
Yahoo News - almost 5 years
BOSTON (Reuters) - An outpouring of nostalgia swept over Fenway Park for the 100th anniversary of the stadium on Friday with over 200 former Red Sox players participating in a pre-game love-fest at the Boston landmark. From Johnny Pesky, 92, and Bobby Doerr, 94, who were brought onto the field in their wheelchairs, to entrances by more recent players Pedro Martinez and Nomar Garciaparra, a packed crowd soaked in the loving atmosphere prior to Friday's game against the New York Yankees. ...
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Your MLB announcing schedule for 4/16 - 4/22
Awful Announcing - almost 5 years
Who's ready for some Yanks and Sox!!! Monday April 16 Minnesota Twins @ New York Yankees (ESPN 7PM) Sean McDonough, Aaron Boone, Rick Sutcliffe Tuesday April 17 Texas Rangers @ Boston Red Sox (MLBN 7PM) Bob Costas, Jim Kaat [Alt: Twins @ Yankees ] Philadelphia Phillies @ San Francisco Giants (MLBN 10PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Indians @ Mariners] Wednesday April 18 Chicago Cubs @ Miami Marlins (WGNA 7PM) Len Kasper, Bob Brenly Texas Rangers @ Boston Red Sox (ESPN2 7PM) Dave O’Brien, Nomar Garciaparra Thursday April 19 Chicago Cubs @ Miami Marlins (MLBN/WGNA 12:30PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Dodgers @ Brewers 1PM] Texas Rangers @ Detroit Tigers (MLBN 7PM) Local Broadcast  [Alt: Twins @ Yankees] Cleveland Indians @ Seattle Mariners (MLBN 10PM) Local Broadcast [Alt: Athletics @ Angels] Friday April 20 New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox (MLBN 3PM) Matt Vasgersian, John Smoltz [Alt: Reds @ Cubs 2:15PM] Los Angeles Dodgers @ Houston Astros (MLBN 8PM) ...
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Foxborough Youth Baseball, Softball to Play All Night
Foxborough Patch - almost 5 years
  Sleep will be at a premium starting at Friday, June 15, at 7 p.m. when the 800 players of FYBSA will have the opportunity to participate in Foxborough's first ever 24 hour marathon baseball game. The event will raise money for FYBSA. Foxborough's marathon game will begin on Friday, June 15, at 7 p.m. and continue straight through the night until Saturday, June 16 at 7 p.m. Every baseball player registered in FYBSA will participate in the game, from the T-ballers to all softball players. Each player will play with their team for a portion of the 24 hours. The game will be played at Booth Fields in Foxborough. The top incentive prize for the players is lunch, with a guest, with Red Sox great Nomar Garciaparra, ALL members of FYBSA who raise $250 will, with a guest, attend a pizza lunch with Garciaparra. FYBSA event organizer Bob Julio said, "this is going to be a great ball game, and it also going to be a great community builder. These young boys and girls wi ...
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Murakami denied Hall pass again
Star Advertiser - almost 5 years
Les Murakami, the legendary University of Hawaii baseball coach, has been on the ballot for the College Baseball Foundation Hall of Fame for a few years now. The voting recently concluded and there will be an announcement soon of the induction class of 2012. UPDATE: March 3; Murakami was not voted in this year. The 2012 inductees are Lou Brock, Nomar Garciaparra, Brad Wilkerson, Ed Cheff, Wayne Graham, Tim Jorgensen and Frank Sancet. Anyone who knows that Murakami built a program from club status to one of the best in the country with more than 1,000 wins knows he is worthy of enshrinement. But since he’s been retired for more than a decade after a stroke, I wonder how many of the hall voters are aware of Murakami and his achievements. Gene Stephenson, the veteran Wichita State coach whose team is in town to play Hawaii this week, commented on Murakami being deserving of the hall. “Well, I would hope so. I don’t know why he wouldn’t be. I’ll tell you what, you just tell ever ...
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Nomar Garciaparra Headlines RBI Clinics in Foxborough
Foxborough Patch - about 5 years
This February, former Red Sox legend <a class="fplink fp-625524" href="/nomar+garciaparra">Nomar Garciaparra</a> will be returning to RBI Baseball Academy in Foxborough to run two separate instructional clinics.  The 'Winter Hitting Clinic' is a hitting-only clinic for players in grades 1-8. Groups are separated by grade and coached by RBI's professional instructors on a 6-to-1 ratio.  The 'Advanced Hitters Workshop' is for High School hitters in grades 9-12.  Players will work with collegiate-level coaches from NCAA Divisions I, II &amp; III schools as well as professional MLB scouts.  Each clinic will also include lectures and Q &amp; A sessions with <a class="fplink fp-625524" href="/nomar+garciaparra">Nomar Garciaparra</a> and Collegiate Coaches.  The clinics will run during the February School Vacation week from Wed, 2/22 - Fri, 2/24. Enrollment is limited. Visit or call 508-543-9595 for more information.
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Red Sox vs. Rays: Lineup and notes - NECN
Google News - over 5 years
Since 1919, the only other Red Sox with at least four single-season hit streaks of at least 18 games was Nomar Garciaparra. Marco Scutaro leads the majors (min. 50 PA) with a .429 average (18-for-42) in September and ranks second with 16 RBI in the
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nomar Garciaparra
  • 2015
    In addition, as of 2015, the Los Angeles Dodgers also made Garciaparra an Alumni member of their Community Relations team.
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  • 2014
    In November, 2014, Garciaparra became a minority investor in Los Angeles F.C.
    More Details Hide Details Garciaparra's given first name is Anthony, but he is known by his middle name, Nomar. The name Nomar comes from Garciaparra's father's name Ramon. Nomar is "Ramon" spelled backwards.
    On Wednesday, February 5, 2014 it was announced that Garciaparra would be inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame, along with former pitchers Pedro Martínez and Roger Clemens and longtime radio announcer Joe Castiglione.
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  • 2013
    On December 2, 2013, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced that Garciaparra would be part of their broadcast team beginning with the 2014 season.
    More Details Hide Details He served as a pre-and-post game analyst for the Dodgers' telecasts on SportsNet LA, and also teamed with Rick Monday to call most of the team's road games on KLAC and the Dodgers Radio Network. However, a few months into the season he was pulled from the radio broadcasts and added to the Television crew, working with Charley Steiner and Orel Hershiser on road games.
  • 2010
    On May 5, 2010, the Red Sox hosted "Nomar Garciaparra Night", honoring Garciaparra before a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
    More Details Hide Details He was given two official seats from Fenway by Johnny Pesky, one bearing Garciaparra's own number 5, and the other bearing Pesky's number 6. Garciaparra threw out the first pitch on Nomar Day to his former teammate Jason Varitek with his signature off-balance sidearm throw.
    On March 10, 2010, Garciaparra signed a one-day contract with the Boston Red Sox to enable him to retire as a member of the Red Sox.
    More Details Hide Details Garciaparra took a position at ESPN, contributing analysis for the program Baseball Tonight as well as select Wednesday Night Baseball telecasts. He has also been one of the lead analysts on ESPN's coverage of the College World Series. In 2011, he contributed analysis for ESPN's coverage of the Little League World Series telecasts.
  • 2009
    On July 6, 2009, Garciaparra returned to Fenway Park for the first time since being traded by the Red Sox in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Before the game he was met with tremendous support from the fans, press, and his former teammates. Before he stepped up to the plate for his first at bat, he received a lengthy standing ovation from the fans at Fenway, to which he tipped his cap and graciously clapped along with them. After grounding out, when passing the Red Sox dugout, he thanked his former team. In his second at bat, Garciaparra got the game's first RBI and received another lengthy applause. Garciaparra was also present with the Athletics to see the Red Sox retire Jim Rice's number. Rice was Garciaparra's hitting coach in the early part of his career in Boston.
    On March 6, 2009, Garciaparra signed a one-year deal with the Oakland Athletics.
    More Details Hide Details With the acquisition of Matt Holliday from the Colorado Rockies in the off-season, Nomar was not granted his accustomed number 5, instead wearing number 1. Immediately after Holliday's trade to the St. Louis Cardinals, Eric Patterson was called up and then given number 5. Garciaparra and Patterson subsequently switched numbers.
  • 2008
    Garciaparra was placed on the DL on August 1, 2008 to make room for Manny Ramirez, who had been acquired in a trade.
    More Details Hide Details He had sprained his knee in a contest against the Washington Nationals on a play in which Loney threw the ball into the dirt, forcing Garciaparra, who was covering third base, to go to his knees to save the ball, allowing Lastings Milledge to slide into him spikes first.
    He returned July, 4th, 2008 playing shortstop for the first time since 2005.
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    During 2008 spring training Garciaparra suffered a microfracture on his hand after a hit-by-pitch.
    More Details Hide Details That forced him to start the 2008 MLB season on the DL. Rookie Blake DeWitt played third base in the meantime. On April 16, he started his first game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, only to suffer a strained left calf muscle nine days later, resulting in another trip to the DL.
  • 2006
    On November 20, 2006, the Dodgers re-signed Garciaparra to a 2-year contract worth $18.5 million, keeping him with the team through the season.
    More Details Hide Details On June 25,, Garciaparra volunteered to move from first to third base in order to make room for rookie James Loney.
    On October 7, Garciaparra was named the National League's Comeback Player of the Year for 2006.
    More Details Hide Details He received 72,054 votes.
    He also was elected to the 2006 NL All-Star Team as the National League All-Star Final Vote winner, receiving about six million votes.
    More Details Hide Details It was his sixth trip All-Star Game appearance, and his first as a first baseman and as a Dodger. His .358 batting average steadily declined to just over .300 by the end of the season. Despite Garciaparra's late season slump and injuries, he prevailed in the clutch for the Dodgers during their playoff race with two game-winning home runs. The first capped off one of the most remarkable games of the season on September 18, when the Dodgers hit four consecutive home runs in the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres to tie the game. After the Padres scored a run in the tenth inning, Nomar hit a game-winning, two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to win the game 11–10. Six days later on September 24, Garciaparra hit a game-winning grand slam against the Arizona Diamondbacks to give the Dodgers a 5–1 victory with one week left in the regular season. The Dodgers went on to win their last seven games of the regular season, helping the Dodgers to make the playoffs.
    The .362 average he held at the 2006 All-Star break was the second highest by a Dodger since they moved into Dodger Stadium in 1962 with the only higher mark being held by Mike Piazza.
    More Details Hide Details He adjusted well to playing first base, having committed only 1 error through 588.2 innings played, and had a .998 fielding percentage.
    While facing the New York Mets on June 6, 2006, Nomar hit a two-run home run on the first pitch he ever saw against former teammate and fellow Boston icon Pedro Martínez.
    More Details Hide Details Coincidentally, Derek Lowe was the starting pitcher for the Dodgers that day. Though he was able to retain his original jersey number (5), he moved to first base, as the Dodgers had also signed Rafael Furcal from the Atlanta Braves to step in for the recovering César Izturis at short. Healthy for the first extended period of time since 2003, he regained his offensive stroke, evidenced by a .370 batting average at one point, and by his remaining constantly productive. By the MLB All-Star Break, Nomar was tied with Pittsburgh's Freddy Sanchez for the lead among all MLB infielders and all NL batters with a .358 batting average, to go along with 11 home runs and 53 RBIs, carrying a 21-game hitting streak into the break.
  • 2005
    Because Cubs regular third baseman Aramis Ramírez was on the disabled list for the last few weeks of the 2005 season, he volunteered to temporarily play third base, and Cub skipper Dusty Baker agreed.
    More Details Hide Details Aside from his first game in the Majors, in which he played second base, he had played shortstop in all of his other Major League games up to that point in his career. In, Nomar returned to his home town, signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Also with the team were former Red Sox players Bill Mueller, Derek Lowe, and manager Grady Little.
    Garciaparra resumed play on August 5, 2005.
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  • 2004
    On July 31, 2004 (the MLB trading deadline), Garciaparra was the key player involved in a four-team deal that sent him and Matt Murton to the wild card leading Chicago Cubs.
    More Details Hide Details The Red Sox received Orlando Cabrera from the Montreal Expos and Doug Mientkiewicz from the Minnesota Twins. Nomar expressed his appreciation to Red Sox fans in a speech to media, and left for Chicago. At first, Garciaparra was assigned jersey number 8, because Cub catcher Michael Barrett wore number 5. A few days later, they switched numbers. The Cubs led the wild card until mid-September, but finished the 2004 season with 89 wins and out of the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Red Sox finally overcame the Yankees en route to a World Series sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals, after which Nomar's former teammates voted to give him a World Series ring. Curt Schilling noted that if not for Nomar, the Sox might not have been in a position to win at all. In the 2005 season, a torn left groin forced him onto the disabled list for more than three months.
    Garciaparra thus returned to Boston for the start of the 2004 season in the final year of a contract signed in 1997, and it quickly became clear that he was displeased with the team and would not return to Boston after the season.
    More Details Hide Details After Boston was beaten soundly by the Yankees in a July series in New York, Boston decided to trade away Garciaparra.
  • 2003
    On November 22, 2003, Garciaparra married Olympian and World Cup Champion soccer star Mia Hamm.
    More Details Hide Details The couple has twin girls, Grace Isabella and Ava Caroline, who were born on March 27, 2007, in Los Angeles. The couple also welcomed their first son named Garrett Anthony born in January 2012. Both he and Mia Hamm were on Olympic teams in their respective sports. Garciaparra was on the 1992 Olympic baseball team, and Hamm was on the 1996, 2000, and 2004 women's Olympic soccer teams. His father Ramon and brother Michael Garciaparra operate a baseball clinic in Southern California. Garciaparra is the cousin of Arturo Javier Ledesma, a Mexican soccer player who currently plays for Correcaminos UAT in the Ascenso MX. His uncle is legendary Mexican soccer goalkeeper, Javier "Zully" Ledesma. His brother, Michael Garciaparra, was also a baseball player, last playing second base for the triple-A Round Rock Express. On the Kate Hudson/Radiohead episode on season 26 of Saturday Night Live, Garciaparra cameoed in a "Boston Teens" sketch.
    In 2003, Garciaparra had a productive season in which he was second in the majors in triples, fifth in the AL in hits, and second in the AL in runs scored, though a September slump caused his batting average to dip to .301.
    More Details Hide Details He followed that with a poor post-season, with just one RBI along with ten strikeouts in twelve games against the Oakland Athletics and rival Yankees, who eliminated the Red Sox in a seven-game series. Meanwhile, new stars and cult heroes, led by David Ortiz and Kevin Millar, began to emerge in Boston. Millar convinced almost all players on the roster other than Johnny Damon and Garciaparra (whose wedding with Mia Hamm followed the season) to shave their heads. After the 2003 season, Red Sox management explored trading Manny Ramírez to the Texas Rangers for shortstop Alex Rodriguez. However, the MLB Players' Union objected to Rodriguez's willingness to sacrifice a huge amount of his $250 million contract to facilitate a deal to Boston, and the New York Yankees then struck a deal with Texas to bring A-Rod (who gave up $14 million with union approval) to their team. The Red Sox then had covert trade talks involving Nomar with the Chicago White Sox, but the subsequent agreement to trade Garciaparra and other for a package centered around Magglio Ordóñez quickly became public.
  • 2001
    Still, Garciaparra recovered from an injury-filled 2001 season to bat .310 with 24 home runs.
    More Details Hide Details Still considered one of the best shortstops in baseball, he hoped to receive salaries similar to peers Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter.
    In February 2001, Garciaparra appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, with the headline "A Cut Above... baseball's toughest out".
    More Details Hide Details The week after the issue hit newsstands, Garciaparra suffered a wrist injury that would ruin his season and alter the trajectory of his career. He recovered by the start of the 2002 season and drove in 120 runs while hitting a league-leading 56 doubles. However, he had a difficult time playing as strongly defensively as before, and his batting average dipped substantially, though it was still an excellent .310. Before the 2002 season, a new ownership group purchased the Red Sox. The baseball operations staff, led by Theo Epstein, stressed on-base percentage on offense and strong defense, two areas where Garciaparra was about to decline precipitously from his pre-2001 levels.
  • 1999
    Garciaparra then led the American League in batting average for the next two years, hitting .357 in 1999 and .372 in 2000, finishing in the top ten in MVP voting both years.
    More Details Hide Details He is one of the few right-handed batters to win consecutive batting titles, and the first since Joe DiMaggio. His .372 average is the highest batting average by a right hander in the post-war era. He hit safely and scored a run in the first five games of his post-season career (1998–99), and is joined by Ian Kinsler (2010) as the only other player to start his post-season career in that manner.
  • 1998
    He finished with 35 home runs and 122 RBI in 1998, and placed as the runner-up for AL MVP.
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  • 1997
    As a rookie in 1997, he hit 30 home runs among his 209 base hits (a Red Sox rookie record), and drove in 98 runs, setting a new MLB record for RBIs by a leadoff hitter and most homers by a rookie shortstop.
    More Details Hide Details His 30-game hitting streak set an A.L. rookie record. He was named Rookie of the Year in a unanimous vote, competed in the Home Run Derby, and finished eighth in MVP voting. He also won the immediate admiration of Red Sox fans, who referred to him in Boston accents as "NO-mah!". His popularity in New England was reflected in the Saturday Night Live "The Boston Teens" sketches, where Jimmy Fallon's character Pat Sullivan always wore a Garciaparra T-shirt and would repeatedly reference his admiration for him. Garciaparra even appeared in one of the sketches, where he was introduced as the boyfriend of Sully's sister (played by guest host Kate Hudson).
  • 1996
    Garciaparra batted .241 with 4 home runs, 16 RBI, and 5 stolen bases in his initial stint with the club near the end of 1996.
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    He made his Major League debut on August 31, 1996, as a defensive replacement against Oakland.
    More Details Hide Details His first Major League hit was a home run off Oakland pitcher John Wasdin on September 1. Garciaparra is known for his idiosyncratic tics when batting. This habit includes an elaborate routine of batting glove adjustments and alternating toe taps on the ground prior to an ensuing pitch. At the time, Boston's starting shortstop was John Valentin, who finished ninth in MVP voting in 1995. By late 1996, Nomar won the job. Garciaparra's talent was enough to displace Valentin, who was moved to second base.
  • 1994
    Garciaparra was a first round pick of the Red Sox in 1994 following a successful career at Georgia Tech.
    More Details Hide Details He played in the Red Sox minor league system for three years (1994 – Sarasota, 1995 – Trenton, 1996 – Pawtucket).
  • 1993
    In 1993, he won a Cape Cod Baseball League championship with the Orleans Firebirds.
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    He was an Atlantic Coast Conference All-Star and a first team All-American twice in 1993–94.
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  • 1991
    Garciaparra, who is of Mexican-American descent, was originally drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 5th round of the 1991 draft, but did not sign.
    More Details Hide Details Garciaparra attended St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California. Garciaparra attended Georgia Tech, where he helped the Yellow Jackets reach the College World Series title game in 1994 (they would lose to Oklahoma). Future Boston teammate Jason Varitek was also a member of that team.
  • 1973
    Born on July 23, 1973.
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